1998 used to be one of the biggest outliers from the general trend. 2016 is going way beyond that. The second graph shows the deviation from the recent trend more clearly:
It seems the recent 3-year increase, by about 0.36°C, is unprecedented in the 136-year record.
The obfuscators/deniers loved to start their graphs at 1998 to “prove” there was no subsequent global warming. It always was a blatant distortion. There never was a pause. Even if it had been a pause, it was still much hotter than pre-industrial temperatures. Now it is blown out of the water. Conspiracy is the only resort.